Istanbul Program

Istanbul, Turkey | May 24-June 13, 2015

The Istanbul Study Abroad Program is co-sponsored by the South Texas College of Law and the William Mitchell College of Law, and is conducted in cooperation with the University of Bahcesehir in Istanbul.

For more information, please contact Stephen Mazza, dean and professor of law, at

The University Of Bahcesehir

The University of Bahcesehir in Istanbul, Turkey, is a foundation university, established in 1998. Bahcesehir has quickly established itself as a progressive, dynamic educational institution. The school's modern facilities are located on the European side of the Bosphorus coast in the heart of Istanbul. With a population in excess of 10 million, Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey. It is the only city in the world located on two continents, Europe and Asia. Its rich history dates back some 5,000 years. Students will enjoy a unique learning experience in this vibrant, cosmopolitan city.

The program contact for the Istanbul Study Abroad Program is Feridun Yenisey, a professor of law at the University of Bahcesehir. Professor Yenisey is the country's foremost expert on international and comparative criminal law.


There are no prerequisites for any of the courses. All classes are taught in English. No Turkish language skills are necessary for participation in the program. Approximately 20 law students from Turkey and other countries attend courses as guest auditors.

Course descriptions

  • Criminal Procedure in Europe
    (2 credits) Dr. Feridun Yenisey
    This course examines as representative of the Civil Law tradition the procedural rules of the criminal law systems operating in Turkey and Germany. Lectures will also concern the development of the European Union Criminal Law and its expansion under the leading decisions of the European Court of Human Rights. Legal concepts and legal institutions of Islamic Criminal Law shall be explained and compared with Civil Law tradition.
  • Forensic Evidence: Cross-Border Crimes & National Security
    (1 credit) Professor Jessica Gabel
    This course examines select topics in the forensic sciences devoted to the investigation and trial of criminal cases of an international scope. The course focuses on the comparative legal aspects of forensic evidence. It also discusses the tools and methods necessary to collect and analyze evidence, detect and monitor threats, inform policy and legal considerations, and support international and military justice systems. By the end of this course, students should be able to (1) understand aspects of certain scientific disciplines and methodologies; (2) apply legal rules and case law to forensic evidence; (3) utilize that knowledge to analyze evidence in criminal cases; (4) communicate that knowledge effectively in practice; and (5) create a pre-trial discovery plan for expert witnesses.
  • International Tax Law
    (1 credit) Professor Stephen Mazza and Professor Gulsen Gedik
    This course gives students an introduction to the world of individual and corporate international taxation. The first portion of this course examines basic domestic and international tax rules from the perspective of the United States. The second portion of the course examines broader, comparative issues relating to international taxation, including operation of consumption-based taxes and worldwide vs. territorial taxation. Specific comparisons are made with the tax system in Turkey. No prior tax knowledge required.


  • Feridun Yenisey is a professor of law at Bahcesehir University in Istanbul, Turkey. He is a frequent visiting professor at law schools within the United States, including the University of Kansas, William Mitchell Law School, and South Texas College of Law. He is a leading proponent of Turkey’s efforts to modernize its criminal law system and has published widely on the topic.
  • Jessica Gabel is an associate professor of law at the Georgia State College of Law. She teaches courses on forensic evidence, forensic medicine, bankruptcy and contracts. Her primary research focuses on fraud and ethics at the intersection of law and science. Gabel received her J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law and her B.S. from the University of Central Florida.
  • Stephen Mazza is the dean of the KU School of Law and a professor specializing in tax law. He has taught a variety of tax courses, including individual, corporate, and partnership tax, as well as tax policy and procedure. He is the co-author of "Tax Controversies: Practice and Procedure" (3rd ed. 2009).
  • Gulsen Gedik is an assistant professor in the Tax Law Department at the Uludag University, Faculty of Law. Her specialty is tax law practice, including the Tax Court's and Constitutional Court's tax decisions. She recently published her Ph.D. dissertation on the topic of "Controlled Foreign Corporations."

Admission Requirements

Open to all students who have completed the first-year curriculum in good standing at an ABA-accredited law school. Applicants should submit an application by March 15, 2015. Late applications are considered. If the program exceeds its cap of 40 U.S. law students, applicants will be placed on a waiting list with preference to early applicants.

Students should consult their home schools about transfer of credits and grading requirements for transfer of credits. Students should understand that it is unlikely that participation in a foreign summer program may be used to accelerate graduation. Students interested in acceleration should consult their home school to review this issue in light of ABA Standard 304. Students who do not attend the University of Kansas, South Texas College of Law or William Mitchell College of Law must submit a letter of good standing from their law school registrar or dean.

Grades are determined based on a written final examination in each course in accordance with KU Law grading procedures. Available grades are A (4.0), A- (3.7), B+ (3.3), B (3.0), B- (2.7), C+ (2.3), C (2.0), C- (1.7), D+ (1.3), D (1.0), D- (.7) and F (0).


Please refer to the Office of Study Abroad's website for a breakdown of costs for this program.


Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from Turkey. Airlines provide a variety of reduced fare plans and early booking can result in substantial savings. As summer flights tend to fill quickly, early travel arrangements should be made. Students, however, should not book travel until they receive an acceptance package and submit the financial aid contract.


Students will stay at the Akademic Republika Aparts​. The cost of housing is added to tuition fees and paid to the hotel directly by the University of Kansas School of Law.


Students must notify the University of Kansas through their online application, by letter or by e-mail of their intent to withdraw from the program. If a student withdraws after signing the financial contract they received with their acceptance materials, s/he will be liable for any non-recoverable expenses incurred on the participant's behalf. Students are responsible for any and all costs arising out of his/her own voluntary or involuntary withdrawal from the program prior to its completion, including withdrawal caused by illness or disciplinary action by representatives of the University of Kansas. The sponsoring school reserves the right to cancel the program for any reason including insufficient enrollment. In the unlikely event of a cancellation, notices will be sent to all, and all money will be refunded.

Financial Aid

Please inquire about the possibility of financial aid and scholarships with your law school's study abroad coordinator.

Health And Liability Insurance

The sponsoring school is not responsible for student's medical care or expenses in case of illness or accident. All students are required to obtain health insurance that will cover them during the program while outside of the United States.

Students with Disabilities

Facilities in Istanbul are generally not as accessible to individuals with disabilities as are facilities within the United States. Individuals with special needs should contact the program director to arrange for special accommodations.


Stephen Mazza
Dean and Professor of Law

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